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A perfect demonstration of privilege

drac emu
Back when Faux News unintentionally parodied themselves with their election perennial story about those scary Black Panthers (all...one of them!)---at Chicago polling places, they revealed how indestructible the Ominous Frightening Black Person really is for some segments of the population. Give some dudes black berets and leather jackets, tell them to maintain a stern expression, and watch a certain type of white dude.

That link, however, is not about the Black Panther non-story. It's about the other side of that story: it's about two white dudes walking around in public, carrying AR-15s on their back and acting bewildered that tons of people called the cops and didn't take them up on their educational offers. I can't decide if these dudes are stupid or lying.

Carrying a gun in public is a threatening act. It's not an act you can mistake for, say, baking a cake. If these guys don't know that, they're too stupid or too far up their own asses to carry any kind of weapon at all, down to paper clips.

Carrying a gun openly says to people that, well, you have a gun. Unless you are in an active war zone, or live in an area beset by werewolves and so everyone is armed with silver bullets, you are threatening people. Guns do not exist for more than one of two purposes: killing in general, or killing humans and realistically only humans, specifically. There is no other motive to carrying a gun than to display it. People do not know anything about you. They cannot tell if you're the sort of person who flies off the handle or whatever. They can however, see that you have a gun. This is itself is an act designed to intimidate people. Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

So all those baggers carrying guns during the 2008 election might think they were really clever, but they weren't. They wanted to show people that they had guns, and they were prepared to use them. Against who, you might ask. Do I really need to answer that?

So all people can see is the gun, and now they're in an unsafe position. You never carry a gun around unless you're prepared to use it. The question is, against whom? Again, that's not a question that gun fetishists appear to have any concern for answering.

I cannot think of a single reason to carry a gun openly. You cam make excuses, but you're not making them to your fellow gun nuts.

A gun is a tool. It's a tool, however, for killing. Carrying a gun around unarmed people is a deliberate act of intimidation. Unloaded it can still be a weapon. Often, one cannot tell if a weapon is loaded or not with some models.

So here are two guys strutting around, smirking that they were offering an educational opportunity to people. Yeah, sure they were. After a string of mass killings by white dudes, here's two skinhead-looking dudes strutting around with AR-15s on their backs. Educational opportunity.

The options, as I mentioned above, are not good ones. Stupid or thinking they're way more clever than they are, but my money's on a lot of privilege there, too. They really expected to strut around like that and be trusted. Black guys wearing berets while having no guns? Threatening. White dudes with weapons designed to kill many, many people during war time? "What do you mean, threatening?!" I would't be surprised to see them say exactly that, too. As one dipshit commenter said, "I bet there's no robberies while they're out there."

Yeah, unless they're the ones committing the robberies, that is. How is one supposed to know?

Lots of people called the cops. The guys did not care. Their cause was more important than all the fear they caused people, all the police time and money they ate up. They frightened people, and they didn't care. How far is it from there to liking it? Unless they're already there, that is.

They just assumed that their white asses were trustworthy by reason of lack of melanin. They might not have put it into so many words, but you don't pull a stunt like this without those two options: stupid and arrogant, or incredibly stupid and...more stupid. Just the people you want to have weapons designed to kill lots of people, right?

They're acting like they're all bewildered and stuff that people were threatened by them, which is bullshit. They wanted people to be threatened. They'll never acknowledge it, but seeing as how intimidation is another thing that a gun does like nobody's business, like killing, you have to wonder how stupid they think you are.

As this person says so eloquently, what we're talking about aren't the perfectly reasonable concept of regulation, we're talking about a certain group's identity.

"....But the completely delusional superhero vigilantes, ah, they were a special breed. They were all waiting for the end times. They were all awaiting the footfall of the jackbooted thugs from the UN. They were waiting for Obama to come confiscate their guns. They were all prepping for the upcoming race wars. They were all going to clean up the streets themselves since the goodfernuthins down at the local poh-lease department hadn't done anything about the teenagers who vandalized the mailbox.

I honestly think the gun was the only thing allowing them to feel important. That they were waiting for the day they could become famous by using that gun. That their lives were so empty, all they really had was that moment of imagined glory where they were the last and best bulwark against the fall of civilization. And more than anything, they reminded me of some fresh faced young woman stepping off the bus in Hollywood, waiting to be discovered. They were just sad, sad, sad people.
"

This is an identity for people like these guys, and for that CEO that just got his license yanked after---I'm sure you're shocked----threatening to kill people. That identity is that of someone who wants to kill other humans. And I'd be willing to bet that if you looked at this group, it'd be about as white and male and conservative as the RNC, with the occasional black dude here and there, like a football stadium filled with salt, with maybe a couple handfuls of pepper tossed in here and there.

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adelheide
Jan. 12th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you are going to get a different response from people if you carry around a teddy bear or a book as opposed to a gun. The latter will not get you positive attention.

I love these gun nuts who are crying out, "This is the first step to taking away our guns! Hitler did it, Stalin did it, yadda yadda paranoiacakes!"

No, you knob. No one has said a single thing about taking guns away. And if you start the slippery slope arguement, I'm going to slap you with a live sting ray. Reasonable gun control is just that--reasonalbe. What you are wringing your hands about is unreasonable. With the added fact that no one has said anything about it.

Basically, it's a metal penis for these people. And if that's the kind of mentality they have, then no, they should not have guns.
amethyst_hunter
Jan. 12th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Guns are the new penises.

Dude, if you're that uptight about your tiny dick, there ARE solutions for that that don't involve lethal weapons, y'know...!
adelheide
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, can't these idiots just go out and buy a sportscar or a crotch rocket and call it a day?
kittenmommy
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)

And if you start the slippery slope arguement, I'm going to slap you with a live sting ray.

kittendaddy and I have done the Stingray Swim on Grand Cayman three times, and on Half Moon Cay once. Stingrays are beautiful, magical animals and no stingray deserves to be abused as you suggested.

Hit 'em with a baseball bat instead. Crude, but effective.
adelheide
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
This is true. After all, the stingray didn't do anything wrong.

I guess I was thinking that slapping a stingray against someone would piss the stingray off and they would then do the maximum amount of damage.
kittenmommy
Jan. 13th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)

I love your icon! :D
al_zorra
Jan. 12th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Excellently said.

But then, People of Pigment were exactly what those armed militias of the Second Amendment were about in the first place. See the history of the Second Amendment here.

Love, C.

Edited at 2013-01-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
kittenmommy
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)

They were carrying guns openly and people called the cops? Shocker!

Betcha the NRA will be all over this. I wonder if they'd still be all over it if it'd been a bunch of black dudes.
adelheide
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, when The Scary Black People™ have guns, it's dangerous! They're about to do something scary and black! Only white people know how to handle guns properly!
kittenmommy
Jan. 13th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)

Oh, right. I should've known. Silly me! :p
fidelioscabinet
Jan. 13th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
The non-LEO folks I know who are likely to carry guns openly in public hunt. They don't tend to rely on huge clips & out of the woods they don't carry loaded. It's an accident waiting to happen.

These twerps? Compensating, much? Airing out their anxieties in front of everyone, much?
ginmar
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
You can't use weapons like this to hunt anything but humans----specifically, armed humans who are shooting back. I you used one of these to hunt animals I'd laugh myself sick. These guns are for making your own hamburger on the spot, not hunting.
fidelioscabinet
Jan. 13th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously. To quote a cousin: "Sure it's fun to shoot at the range. Don't think it's much use for anything I'm going to be doing otherwise."

It says so much--and none of it good--when you use a weapon as a fashion accessory in the US.
rantinan
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
And the ammo cost, oh my goodness, the ammo cost. Anyone who claims an AR is a legitimate hunting weapon needs to justify to us how its worth shooting off 50-100 bucks of ammo for one game animal. To get, as you so aptly put it, hamburger, or as we put it back on the farm Mist. (red mist. its effectively a miss cause you cant either eat it or collect the fisheries and wildlife bounty on it)
rantinan
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Or are engaged in what we liked to call "culling" generally the extermination of feral vermin (Pigs goats n rabbits)

That said, an AR-15 style? Totally useless to a farm gal like me. Good old peasant bolt guns that don't go wrong at the first sniff of dust. Or (more accurately given Australian conditions) a freaking GALE of dust.
fiona64
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
"....But the completely delusional superhero vigilantes, ah, they were a special breed. They were all waiting for the end times. They were all awaiting the footfall of the jackbooted thugs from the UN. They were waiting for Obama to come confiscate their guns. They were all prepping for the upcoming race wars. They were all going to clean up the streets themselves since the goodfernuthins down at the local poh-lease department hadn't done anything about the teenagers who vandalized the mailbox.

I honestly think the gun was the only thing allowing them to feel important. That they were waiting for the day they could become famous by using that gun. That their lives were so empty, all they really had was that moment of imagined glory where they were the last and best bulwark against the fall of civilization. And more than anything, they reminded me of some fresh faced young woman stepping off the bus in Hollywood, waiting to be discovered. They were just sad, sad, sad people."


I have to show this to Jeff. It is the perfect summation of his previously-mentioned jerkwad nephew. :-( I cannot tell you how sad and unpleasant it is to have someone like this in the family.
ginmar
Jan. 13th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
You too, huh?
cissa
Jan. 13th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Last night I saw a TV show called "Preppers". It was all ABOUT these idiots. History, channel, if i remember correctly. Scary that these guys are armed.
tammypierce
Jan. 13th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back, Gin. Pets to the kitties.
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